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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a service of the Gallagher Law Library for members of the University of Washington School of Law community.

Finding Items

The Law Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and dozens of other college and universities in the Pacific Northwest have joined together to create a combined catalog.

Our reference librarians can help you search this and other catalogs and identify items useful to your research.


We provide Interlibrary Loan borrowing services to all UW Law faculty, students and staff for materials needed for academic purposes that are not available at the Law Library or through the combined catalog.

UW Law community members are not eligible to use the UW Libraries scanning or interlibrary loan service. Direct all Interlibrary Loan borrowing or scanning services requests to the Law Library.


How much does it cost? Free for law school students, staff and faculty. 

Delivery Time

Please allow 2-3 weeks for book requests and 1-7 days for article scans.

How to Place a Request

Getting Started

Access the login portal here to place a request for an article or book, or to view your existing requests. UW NetID and 2FA required.

UW Law users, choose UW LAW LOGIN and check “remember my selection”.  

PLEASE NOTE: UW Non-Law users are not eligible to use Gallagher Law Library ILL services. See Library Visitors (Non-UW Law) below.

Requesting items 

If you need a journal article, book chapter, or book not held by UW Libraries combined catalog, it’s super easy to create a customized interlibrary loan request through your user Portal!

Log into your user Portal and choose Requests from the top menu, then click Create request.

A form will open, pre-populated with your user information. Select Article, Book or Other depending upon the item you are requesting.

  • Selecting book will mean you get a loan of the item you're requesting
  • Selecting article will provide a PDF/Copy of a chapter / article / section depending on the information you input about your request

Fill out the form as thoroughly as you can. Thorough and correct citation information means that we will deliver exactly what you need in a timely manner. Feel free to add explanatory information in the Comments field.

Click the SUBMIT REQUEST button. You will receive an email confirming your request and informing you of the ILL Request Number. You may also login to your user Portal to check on the status of your requests through the link in your confirmation email. 

Renewing & Returning ILL Books

All Interlibrary Loan books may be returned to the bookdrop in the Gallagher Law Library Information Desk, or the book return located just outside the main Law Library doors. ILL books cannot be checked back in using the self-check machines at the Information Desk. 

Unless otherwise indicated, you may request renewals of your interlibrary loans online via the user PortalYou must request a renewal prior to the item's due date. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. 

If you have any questions or are not able to locate the item on your user account please feel free to send an e-mail to a law librarian at

Library Visitors (Non-UW Law)

Visitors to the Law Library, all Non-UW law users can use our scanning services to request digital scans of material within copyright and that are unique to the law library collection. Please consult our Scanning Services page for more information.

For all other information and services available to you, please consult our Using the Library - Library Resources for Members of the Public guide.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purposes other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," the user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.